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by cphite
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

Is diplomatic immunity just a US thing or a standard part of international law that even NK honors? Because if the latter, it doesn’t matter (for your scenario) if Trump insults Kim because as a foreign dignitary he’s above the law. Diplomatic immunity is basically a form of customary law... that i...
by cphite
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31102

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Inequality means that regular people don't have as much stable income or wealth. The greater the inequality, the further the middle class can fall. The 2008 crash came because of predatory lending and over-lending to regular citizens who were poorer because of inequality. There's a lot of evidence ...
by cphite
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 90
Views: 30043

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

I actually like some horror movies. And some rap. Not all, because, well, 90% of everything is shit. Pop and kids movies are both easy viewing junk that are just bland enough for everyone to be able to watch without being too offended. The vast majority of music is deliberately made to appeal to pe...
by cphite
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: State Rankings by US News & World Report
Replies: 8
Views: 4454

Re: State Rankings by US News & World Report

Some of their choices seem pretty arbitrary. Why is voter participation a factor in quality of the social environment? I mean, sure, if there’s active voter suppression, that should count against it, if there’s not, why should it count against the social environment? Not everybody likes or wants to...
by cphite
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31102

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

But if you notice, rent and interest are options precisely because - as an almost universal rule - people find them to be desirable options. They are desirable options to the people in power, because they help them maintain and grow their power. They are a desirable option to a lot of people no mat...
by cphite
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31102

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

A house would be well beyond what the average person could afford to buy outright, with or without any inflation caused by rental practices. The same is true for a car and many other large investments. People often find themselves wanting or needing things that they cannot afford outright. And the ...
by cphite
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31102

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

People who can't afford to buy necessary things like housing because prices are artificially inflated by richer people buying it up to lend it out (and because they're too busy paying to borrow it meanwhile to save to buy any themselves) are forced to participate. A house would be well beyond what ...
by cphite
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

Back to Trump. The guy says that if he was at the shooting, he would've rushed into the building. The guy who got out of Vietnam with a "bone spur" on who knows which foot, is the all around badass who would beat a school shooter senseless with his massive dick. Here's a thought, Mr Badas...
by cphite
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

You said that it's not difficult to guess, implying that your assumption is likely to be true. I didn't make a guess; my point is that it *is* difficult to guess, and that there is no reason to think it happened as you described. So basically your entire point here is that a guess might not reflect...
by cphite
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

That being said... if you honestly believe that the President of the United States, given the day to day demands of that job, just happened to be good pals with an intern and was spending a lot of completely innocent alone time with her, to the point where it blossomed into something more... or tha...
by cphite
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

Without knowing any of the people involved, it's not overly difficult to make an educated guess about their motives, just from the way they conduct themselves in public. So your "educated guess" is based on the idea that affairs start with people deciding to go out and have an affair and ...
by cphite
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

Without knowing any of the people involved, it's not overly difficult to make an educated guess about their motives, just from the way they conduct themselves in public. Bill Clinton wanted to fool around, but didn't want to get caught fooling around; so a relatively anonymous girl who held him in a...
by cphite
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

Maybe it's just me, but I've been reading people as describing things from the point of view of the men in question, not their own point of view. E.g. the kind of guy having an affair is going to be thinking about women in that way; not that the posters talking about the guys having affairs think o...
by cphite
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

No, I got the impression that he meant that Lewinsky wasn't particularly attractive, rather than sleeping with her was somehow worse than Trump sleeping with the porn star. Lewinsky was worse because she was taken advantage of by someone who was effectively her boss. As for the morality of it, I th...
by cphite
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 10886

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

I'm curious about your opinions regarding patents and intellectual property. Clearly, they are intended to encourage innovation by allowing people/companies to disclose their ideas without (or with limited) fear of being scooped by some some competing party. Correct. But they also benefit society b...
by cphite
Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Apple is a fucking sack of shit
Replies: 5
Views: 4185

Re: Apple is a fucking sack of shit

Also fuck whoever the hell runs ms these days because those shits are evil as ever too. Office 2008 auto- "upgraded" itself to office 365 that now won't run without me paying them monthly so those fucking cocksuckers just trojan-deleted perfectly fucking good software i had a permanent ri...
by cphite
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Articles about re: sex robots
Replies: 115
Views: 18149

Re: Articles about re: sex robots

VR is great for auditory and visual senses. Physical senses, on which most of sex relies? Not so much. You could use something like a body suit that uses pressure to simulate touch; you wouldn't need very much beyond what is available today in terms of technology to make that possible. And within t...
by cphite
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Articles about re: sex robots
Replies: 115
Views: 18149

Re: Articles about re: sex robots

but just saying lock up all the hookers because they're All Victims (untrue) and criminals (obviously true, because we've made it true) is really unhelpful. sex workers who are victims need many of the same services that lots of other struggling people in society need, and criminalization makes it ...
by cphite
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Best Anti-virus Software of Linux
Replies: 10
Views: 3870

Re: Best Anti-virus Software of Linux

a good, solid AV tool I wasn't aware such a thing existed. All the major ones had catastrophic bugs at one point or another, where one would've been better off not running an AV tool at all. Remember, just this month, when meltdown patches couldn't be installed while certain AV tools were running? ...
by cphite
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Best Anti-virus Software of Linux
Replies: 10
Views: 3870

Re: Best Anti-virus Software of Linux

I wasn't aware that "being careful" will in any way protect against malware, unless "being careful" means "doing a complete audit of the delivered binary before installing". Authors sell out and bundle malware, servers get hacked and downloads are replaced, software of...
by cphite
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

I support a Christian bakery's religious objection to making a cake for a gay wedding primarily because of how easy it is to find a bakery that will be happy to take your money. Nah. It's still discrimination, whether it's for a cake or a heart transplant. Deciding who to serve based on who they ar...
by cphite
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 22838

Re: Winfrey presidency

A discussion about whether Oprah Winfrey should be president is now about whether or not chickens are fuckers who have it coming. Oprah Winfrey should not be president; and chickens absolutely have it coming. In regards to Oprah... She's awesome. She's an incredibly kind and generous person, and sh...
by cphite
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

The biggest lie is that he's actually any good with money; he likes to present himself as some kind of master businessman, and the reality is that at best, he's maybe a little above average. ... a little ... above ... average? Depending on what you believe he actually has right now, he ranges somew...
by cphite
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

He certainly pretends that he has money, and people seem willing to take his own word for it, despite knowing what a liar he is. There is some room for dispute over just how many billions he has, and in what form they exist; but he clearly has money. The biggest lie is that he's actually any good w...
by cphite
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Win 10: reading old hard drive w/USB to SATA cable
Replies: 8
Views: 4389

Re: Win 10: reading old hard drive w/USB to SATA cable

USB isn't going to provide enough power to spin up a 3.5" drive. In fact, you could damage an older drive if you continue. The cheapest option is find someone with a desktop with room for your drive; mount it and get what you want. Barring that, there are enclosures you can buy for around $20 t...
by cphite
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

The entire argument that Toobin makes is that IF Trump was under investigation, and that IF he can be shown to have fired Comey to end that investigation, then there is a case against him. I think my first clue to that end was when Trump said outright that he fired Comey because of the Russia inves...
by cphite
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

You have point A wrong. For one thing, it's not illegal to show clear bias towards a candidate, or else Fox News would be indicted several times over. Secondly, if you were to reclassify a journalistic business, into say...an arm of the Russian government *cough * RT* cough*, then you could charge ...
by cphite
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

A. It's illegal for a foreigner to contribute to American election campaigns. Favorable election coverage is a contribution. But, you can't charge foreign people at CNN with the crime of aiding and abetting the Trump campaign because first amendment rights. Wikileaks calls itself a foreign journali...
by cphite
Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

But this tax bill is just a direct fuck-you to basically all of the country as a whole (except the figurative 1% who benefit from it), in a very hard and tangible way. I think the country being more upset about this than other things reflects the general populace's real priorities, which I share: t...
by cphite
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

Moving back to the tax bill... the GOP is betting that their tax plan will boost the economy in a way that will get them votes, even if it's unpopular now. They're worried right now that backlash against Trump is going to hurt them in the midterms. But if they pass this bill and it really does boos...
by cphite
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

Well, my strategy of refusing to get my hopes up seems to be paying off. I wonder if the GOP will take this as a clear warning shot and rethink their deeply unpopular tax bill. I mean, what could be a clearer warning than losing Alabama? Somehow I doubt they'll take heed though. More likely they'll...
by cphite
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 51334

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

It's a real effect that will likely produce negative unintended consequences if we don't address it. I mean, you cite "huge consequences", but when have you ever seen someone punished based on nothing but one accusation? It's either a multitude of accusations or there's a bunch of other e...
by cphite
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

My point was simply that it's kinda weak to blame this latest Trump buffoonery for derailing the process. The process hasn't really been on the rails for a long time now... Well it certainly doesn't help, and his actions have directly led to violence between the two sides. True. It doesn't help; no...
by cphite
Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, I'm gonna call "bullshit" on the claim Netanyahu is interested in peace. All he wants is to remain in power, and he believes the best way to do so is to instill fear in people, so peace would be counter to his goals. Fair enough. Neither side has really shown any interest in a reali...
by cphite
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7847
Views: 577390

Re: Trump presidency

However it was not acted upon, because each president has known that the action would have negative impacts on the middle east peace talks, specifically in angering Palestine. Each and every president from Bill Clinton onward has known what the negative impacts would be, and yet each and every one ...
by cphite
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954132

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I always thought the homeless vets was exaggerated. Based on...? Ask any homeless guy and of course he has a sob story. As opposed to what? Are you really expecting to hear happy stories from people about how they ended up living on the street? Vets have lots of bonuses when it comes to getting gov...
by cphite
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 55
Views: 5734

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Anyone else excited for this? Personally, I'm not sure how they're going to work everything in without it seeming forced, but even their worst so far has been as good or better than DC's offerings, and it's not like there's a successful film template for this. I really wish they'd cut down on the n...
by cphite
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 51334

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

I think the only real total long-term solution to this problem, like so many others, is to eliminate the power differentials that enable it. Not all power differentials, which as has been rightly pointed out is impossible, but the kind that are severe enough to constitute coercive force sufficient ...
by cphite
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 51334

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

I'm not saying the manager can't date any intern, just not the interns in their chain of command. That's already the law for the military, and it mostly seems to work. Mostly. I mean, the only problem I can see would be the case of CFO and CEO; still a massive power imbalance, but I get the impress...
by cphite
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 51334

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

The people that go into politics are the popular, outgoing kids in high school that rarely got rejected for dates and never had boundaries slapped on them. Of course they wind up as dirty old men harassing the interns. Politics, public media, celebrities, corporate leadership, military leadership, ...

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